Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Current Obsessions

I've been inspired by so many things lately, from YouTubers to fashion trends. Here are just a few:

YouTuber: Sunbeamsjess

I just recently stumbled across Sunbeamsjess (like, two days ago) and already I'm obsessed. Where do I start? She's this gorgeous, eclectic little British chickie who reminds me of what it's like to be youthful again (I have a whopping 5 years on her and am now closer to 30 than I am to 20 -- help). She looks like a walking ad, has an amazing fashion sense, and an insane eye for what looks good. Her personal aesthetic looks flawlessly curated, so much so that I'm actually inspired to never be original again (kidding. kind of). Virtually every styling decision she makes is right and there hasn't been one time when I've watched a video and not wondered where her outfit/background decor was from. Best of all, she's so not cookie cutter. She's this dainty little girl studying at university in Edinburgh, and then you find out that she's been tatted and pierced to high heaven, which for some reason makes me like her even more. The girl's got grit!

Thigh High Socks

Free People always drives me crazy because they fill my email box and their web pages with picture after picture of long legged models modeling gorgeous, luxe looking thigh high socks, and then tease me about how to wear them. As you'll notice in all these photos, the girls are always at home lounging around in their underwear. How does a girl style these for actual day-wear when underwear isn't an option?

Shay Mitchell x BaubleBar Guest Bartender Collection

It's official - Shay Mitchell has put together the perfect Guest Bartender collection, Shay Mitchell x BaubleBar. I don't know much about the actress other than the fact that she rose to fame through Pretty Little Liars and that she is of mixed race (which explains her exotic beauty). However, what's apparent is that the star has been on a meteoric rise, joining forces with powerhouse brands like Quay Australia and BaubleBar to design inspired collections. Her guest bartender collection is so chic, I don't even know how to describe it.

Here's how BaubleBar puts it. "For the nomads, the wayfarers, & the dreamers, the actress designs a collection where global influence meets ethereal inspiration." Man that's good copy (I'm a copywriter myself so I can't help but take notice when I see a solid piece of writing). Anyway, point is, the collection is gorgeous. I want it all!

Ohh Deer Stationery

Ohh Deer is an online retailer I learned of through Sunbeamsjess that offers "quirky illustrated gifts," with their standout products being stationery-focused. Ohh Deer's artistic and thoughtful designs make their products the perfect addition to any style enthusiast's coffee table, desk, and workspace, and they even sell prints, mugs, and kitchenware for peppering the rest of your home/office with. They've been noticed by brands like Urban Outfitters and Asos, who they have active collaborations with, and their unique take on the traditional is what's garnering them a loyal, fanatic fan base (think Erin Condren lovers).

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite picks. One thing I don't like is that a lot of their notebooks are without lined paper and I NEED lined paper because I write crooked. You'd think I'd be able to eyeball it and write across the page in a general straight direction but I can't.

Wanting: My own apartment... so badly. :( I want my own home to decorate, to make a place of my very own, a place I can work and feel inspired and be proud to show off. Here are some beautiful snaps I'm inspired by.

For now all I can do is work hard, save up, and try to dedicate myself to my professional and personal pursuits. Luckily, blogging does double duty! I hope you enjoyed this round-up of things I'm loving. Thanks for checking out this blog post, and I hope to be posting again soon.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Warming up to the Choker Trend

Chokers, among other 90's fads, are in. It's an undeniable truth given the endless stream of content posted on Instagram/Snapchat/YouTube by celebrities, models, bloggers, and influencers. After begrudgingly accepting the trend as a "here-to-stay" type of fad, my misgivings have turned to FOMO and your girl really, truly wants in.

Initially, I rolled my eyes at the fact that yet another 90's trend was picking up steam. Far too many pictures followed the formula of choker + any old outfit = trendy. I was seeing pictures that exhibited seemingly no effort with girls just throwing on choker necklaces and expecting to be thought of as fashionable. However, lately I've seen chokers styled in all the right ways -- and it's begun to thaw my cold frozen heart. Here are a few snapshots I've been loving:








BaubleBar also came out with three very helpful diagrams that show different ways to style and wear chokers!


So, now that I've shown you some ingenious snaps I've been loving, take a gander at some of the necklaces I really want to collect to give the trend a try myself! 

BaubleBar Galileo Choker | Shay Mitchell Guest Bartender Collection $48

BaubleBar Solar Necklace Set | Shay Mitchell Guest Bartender Collection
Formula $42

BaubleBar Whitely Choker $28

BaubleBar Portia Choker Set of 3 $48

I've actually already purchased a couple (not listed here) from Aldo Accessories which I'm super excited about! Hopefully I can post pictures of them soon. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gifting a Get Well Care Package

Hello all! Recently the mother of a friend of mine was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cervical Cancer. Unfortunately the cancer spread to her bones, lungs, spine, and brain. So having heard that, I decided to put together a gift box in order to raise her spirits and distract her from the pain she is undoubtedly experiencing. Here's what I bought:

1. Cats in Paris: A Magical Coloring Book by Won-Sun Jang | From what I hear, adult coloring books are very therapeutic to draw in, so I got this one for her from Urban Outfitters. I liked how whimsical it was. The other coloring books they had were incredibly intricate and structured. It was dizzying for even me to look at, and I know she's already nauseous enough (with headaches) as is, so I ruled them out.

2. Coloring Markers Set | Of course I had to get her markers to use to fill in the coloring book! These were also purchased from Urban Outfitters.

3. All About Me. by Philipp Keel | This book is a fill-in-the-blanks journal that is the perfect tool for self-reflection and designed to help you construct The Story of Your Life. What better gift to help someone make meaning of their life? 

4. Shallow Hal | Shallow Hal - yaaaaas! Who doesn't love Shallow Hal? This is such a side-splitting comedy that makes my whole day whenever I catch it on TV. Margaret actually really likes this movie, but doesn't own it on DVD, so I decided to get it for her.

5. Gilded Superscript Monogram Coaster | These delicate monogrammed coasters from Anthropologie are so classy and elegant. Margaret is a home decor guru and I wanted to get her something aesthetically stylish and personalized. I know coasters are a bit random, but I feel they could make a great addition on her table.

6. Albeit Lip Scrub | I purchased this rose sugar lip scrub from Anthropologie because I wanted to get something lovely and pretty and dainty for Margaret. I checked out the Sephora travel sized section, but didn't see much for my price point that I felt she could use or would be right for her during this time. The packaging of this stole my heart and truthfully that's why I bought it. Plus, a lip scrub sounds somewhat luxurious.

7. Serenity Wellness Tea by Teavana | I know tea is very soothing and therapeutic for some people, so I double checked with my friend to see whether his mother was a tea drinker and then proceeded to go to Teavana in my local mall. I chose the Serenity Wellness Tea because it was mild, caffeine-free, and recommended for people with upset stomachs. I then purchased a gold tea tin to package it in! 

8. Quattro Stagioni Mason Jar from the Container Store | My sister and I tagged-teamed to fill up a mason jar with positive and uplifting messages found on Pinterest! All the ones I found were incredibly somber - I tried typing in queries like comforting quotes for the end of life, or loss, or for dying loved ones, and even the ones that were eloquent still felt like they were prepping the person for the other side. Even typing in uplifting or inspirational didn't help. Needless to say Diana talked me out of them.

9. Sinus Aches Relief Wrap from Bed, Bath and Beyond | For the life of me I can't find the exact sinus relief spa solution I bought for her, but it was from Bed, Bath and Beyond and it was also $12.99 so I'm just putting this one here as a placeholder. Margaret has been suffering a lot of headache pain so I wanted to throw something comforting in to help soothe her pain. 

10. Because You're a Mom | This is such a precious book I stumbled upon while browsing Barnes and Nobles. Essentially, it's a journal, and at first I thought, a) this seems way too personalized to moms and b) it's a 'mom journal,' no big deal. Then I opened it and it was just so lovely! It is filled with so much positivity and has inspirational content on each page and fun activities. It emphasizes the mother's place in their child's heart, and I thought that would be really special to give Margaret.

11. Collapsible Gift Box with Striped Interior from the Container Store | I bought the large blue gift box pictured above to contain all the gifts I was sending. I love how classy and high quality it looks. I would have preferred to get this pink one shown here but it wasn't big enough. 

Total Cost? $126.72 (Not including tax)

So, this personalized care package ended costing me a pretty penny, but it wasn't so bad because my parents chipped in $30 and my sister chipped in $25. Either way, I spared no expense because it was worth it to me to bring my friend's mom some light and hopefully joy and relief at this very difficult stage in her journey.

Let me know what you think of the items! I'd love to hear your feedback.